Fareham Petanque Club is a friendly boules club in Hampshire, UK. Some of our members play just for fun, fresh air and exercise, while others like to compete more seriously in local leagues, regional competitions and even national competitions. We are members of the Southern Counties Petanque Association (SCPA) and there are plenty of open competitions to chose from throughout the year across the south coast and beyond.
Formerly known as Limesdown Petanque Club, we moved to our current location in Fareham North-West Community Center in 2013. We have two purpose-built terrains, each 15m x 24m and floodlit for evening play.
We welcome visitors and guests at our regular wednesday-evening club nights from 7:00pm, with play starting around 7:30pm. Junior players (age 8-18) have their own sessions starting at 6:30pm.
Refreshments are always available on club nights and members are welcome to come along for a chat even if they’re not playing. Our Social Secretary also arranges non-petanque activities such as meals out, theatre trips, bowling evenings, walks etc. Some club members also go on petanque-playing holidays together, to places such as France, Spain or Morocco.
For many years the club has devoted one or two of its competitions to raising funds for its nominated charities, as well as supporting other causes such as the Fareham Mayor’s charities. Competition entry fees, raffles and novelty competitions such as “shoot the egg” produce good sums for these deserving causes. Our annual melee in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support has been running for many years and has become a popular and established event that has raised thousands of pounds for Macmillan.
Maintaining our terrains and surrounds involves regular work parties to muck in and renew fencing, paint, weed, tidy up, replace lights, and so on. Wherever possible our members do all routine maintenance and volunteers are always welcome, from leaf-sweeping to carpentry.
For many years the club has had a twinning arrangement with Vannes, in Brittany. On alternate years the club travels to France, or hosts a visit from French players and family members. This involves staying with families, social events, meals, some petanque and other local activities.